My Muse Refuses to Plot

I have a confession to make.  It’s been months since I’ve written anything worthwhile in any of my works-in-progress.  Each story is plotted and I can clearly see every scene and ending, but the words to show my characters’ journeys have been more elusive than spotting a blind albino papermaker riding a three-legged flatulent horse.

This morning in my twilight sleep the answer to my dilemma finally came.  I’m a pantser, not a plotter.

Since I know how these unwritten stories progress and end, they’ve lost their appeal.   The movie in my mind stopped rolling the moment I reached the hero and heroine’s HEA.  In my first 3 full manuscripts I had no idea what my characters were going to do until the moment my fingers struck the keys.  Each story I write unfolds as if I’m viewing someone else’s life through a unique window to the past.

I feel so relieved to know where my muse went.   Now I must scrap my plotted story premises and get on with “pantsering” my way to The End.  I love my characters and can’t wait to see where they lead me.

Happy writing, y’all!


2 thoughts on “My Muse Refuses to Plot

  1. You know, that all makes perfect sense. You know the ending – so where’s the surprise? Of course, *I* don’t know the ending, so you could write it for me. 🙂

    I expect pages from you at our next critique group meeting!


  2. I also recently came to the realization that I’m a pantser. After my last completed work, I decided to try outlining. That in itself was a headache. Then once I finally had the full outline done, and sat down to actually write it out, it just….

    I am glad I tried it, though. It’s good to find out for yourself what works for you and what doesn’t.


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